July 22, 2019

Ornament

Birds of a Feather | interesting colonial imagery of some tribal leader with his feathered headdress astride the diminutive but useful 125cc BSA Bantam. Not quite in the vein of an Edward Curtis portrait but early National Geographic nonetheless.

July 20, 2019

Intrepid

50 Years Ago | We ventured, only a small step in the vastness of the Universe, beyond our earthly home. A journey of 3 days over a quarter million miles to our neighbor the Moon. A scheme so daring and difficult it gave us a glimpse of what was possible as a race when minds and courage come together. This iconic photograph taken by Neil Armstrong of Buzz Aldrin shows a man standing on a grey dusty plain under a black sky lit by a bright sun. We really are amazing… it’s just a shame a a civilization we’re quite dumb some of the time too…

July 20, 2019

Heading to the surface

The Eagle has wings | So said Neil Armstrong as the LM separates from the CM on its way to the lunar surface fifty years ago today. Its spidery and seemed ungainly form was spare and ideally suited to the vacuum of space.

July 18, 2019

I feel the need…

He’s Dangerous | The official trailer for the sequel to Top Gun was released today. Called Top Gun Maverick it stars Tom Cruise as the titular character – this time an aged fighter pilot rather than a brash young jock. Kawasaki motorcycles feature again. A brief sighting of the original Ninja 900 as well as a speeding Ninja H2. The Need for Speed.

July 17, 2019

Mirrored Moon

On Reflection | all photography releases by NASA shows how beautiful the ventures into space truly are. The LM Eagle reflecting the cratered surface is like a delicate Faberge egg balanced over a rugged plain.

July 16, 2019

Nosecone

Moonship Cutaway | beautiful technical illustration of the Command Module. The three astronauts traveled to the moon and back in the claustrophobic confines of this vessel. Though in zero-g it became very slightly more voluminous. They also had the Lunar Module which was docked to the nose of the LM for more elbow room. The CM is the only piece of hardware that made it back to earth.

July 15, 2019

Standing Room Only

LEM | Lunar (Excursion) Module. Three days after embarking on the Trans Lunar Injection the Apollo spacecraft entered orbit around the Moon. Separating from the Command Service Module the LM descended to the surface with the Commander and Pilot standing at these controls in their full spacesuits. The descent and landing is well documented as one of the coolest pieces of flying by anyone anywhere. Like landing a telephone box, using the computing power of a Casio scientific calculator, onto a grey dust surface under a black sky…. with diminishing fuel and alarms going off.

July 14, 2019

Field and Sky

Besting the Summer Heat | A sharp start this morning whilst the cool air was still around. A low light angle picks out the rural landscape in stark contrasting shadows. A hayfield has been harvested and baled for fodder. The khaki hue of the Tiger sits comfortably in the countryside scene.

July 13, 2019

Toys for Tots

Start ’em young | Available at Target for 4-7 year olds here is a ride on Beemer GS adventure bike for the tot who needs to explore their back yard. Dual sport E-bike?

July 12, 2019

Making Hay

Gravel Road | A balmy Friday evening beckons the Tiger up into Lake County where a sinking sun gives a final glow to the grassy fields. I explored down a short lane through horse country and found this bucolic scene.

July 11, 2019

Apollo

Command Module | Fifty Years ago this month three intrepid explorers headed off into a lunar rendezvous with destiny. Backed by countless engineers, scientists, mathematicians, computers (women who crunches the complex equations for orbital mechanics), skilled laborers, wives, budget analysts, lingerie manufacturers (the space suits required impeccable needlework); they headed beyond the surly bonds of earth atop the mighty Saturn V rocket. The cramped confines of the Command Module ‘Columbia’ took them the quarter million miles to our closest neighbor in the skies.

July 10, 2019

Essential Characteristics

Specifications

Engine Type      Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder

Capacity               800cc

Bore Stroke        74.1 mm / 61.9 mm

Compression      11.3:1

Max Power EC   95 PS/94 BHP (70 kW) @ 9,250 rpm

Max Torque EC 79 Nm @ 7,850 rpm

System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection

Exhaust                Stainless steel 3 into 1, high level stainless steel silencer

Final drive           O ring chain

Clutch   Wet, multi-plate

Gearbox               6 speed

Frame   Tubular steel trellis frame

Swingarm            Twin-sided, cast aluminium alloy

Front Wheels     36-spoke 21 x 2.5 in, aluminium rim

Rear Wheels       32-spoke 17 x 4.25 in, aluminium rim

Front Tyres         90/90-21

Rear Tyres           150/70 R17

Front Suspension             WP 43 mm upside down forks, adjustable rebound and compression damping, 220 mm travel.

Rear Suspension               WP monoshock with remote oil reservoir, hydraulically adjustable preload, rebound damping adjustment, 215 mm rear wheel travel

Brakes Front       Twin 308 mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers, Switchable ABS

Brakes Rear        Single 255 mm disc, Nissin single piston sliding caliper, Switchable ABS

Instrument Display and Functions             TFT multifunctional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip computer, analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, ambient temperature, rider modes (Road/Sport/Rain/Offroad/Rider configurable) and clock.

Width Handlebars            845 mm

Height Without Mirror   1390 mm

Seat Height         840 – 860 mm

Wheelbase         1545 mm

Rake      24.3 º

Trail       95.3 mm

Dry Weight         204 Kg

Tank Capacity    19 L

Constant Speed 56mph 90kph    77.4 MPG

Constant Speed 75mph 120kph 53.6 MPG

July 9, 2019

Saddle Up

Black ‘n’ White | lookin’ purdy with the Corbin seat. It looks ready for the open road.

July 8, 2019

A pair – Twin ‘n’ Triple

Fifty Years | that’s the time between these two Triumph models – half a century. Both prime examples of what is possible with technical ken of the respective day. Be it the simple but strong Bonneville 650 to the technical hefty Tiger 800. Both can give you a grin as wide as a slice of watermelon! The Bonneville belongs to riding buddy Dean.

July 7, 2019

The Cat Purrs

The Single Step | today was the Tigers first true ride: a short 80 mile jaunt up to Zion IL and back through Lake Country. Impeccable manners and a joy to travel on; the prospect from the Corbin saddle is commanding and controls are all ‘at hand’.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Chinese Proverb